What is a Global Health Case Competition?

The UVa Global Health Case Competition brings together students from across the University’s undergraduate and graduate schools to dream up relevant strategies to challenging global health issues. Interdisciplinary teams are assigned the case on a Monday and have one week to deliberate, strategize, and innovate on a given global health issue. The following Saturday, teams present their work to a group of esteemed judges for prize money and a chance to represent UVa at the Emory International Global Health Case Competition in March.

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 2.38.27 PMThe UVa Center for Global Health hosted its first Global Health Case Competition in February 2013 and asked students to address the issue of extremely drug resistant tuberculosis in the economically revitalized and historic Mumbai slum of Dharavi. Read more about last year’s case topic HERE. Check out last year’s two finalist presentations, too: “From a Slum to a Home: Facilitating Dharavi’s community-led development” and “Urban Healthcare Improvement: Dharavi, Mumbai”.

The topic for the 2014 competition is a secret until we release the case on Monday, February 24th, but we promise it will be as exciting and rigorous as last year’s case.

Our goal is to provide a realistically complex case that challenges student teams to:

  • SYNTHESIZE information from diverse sources and perspectives
  • WORK WITHIN the human and material strengths and constraints of the situation
  • INNOVATE for real issues that affect real people
  • COLLABORATE with students from different disciplines
  • LEARN from fellow teams, your team mentor, and competition judges